March 12, 2010

My Two-Cents on the Best in Show Tourney: Round 2

In preparation for my own TV tournament, I've decided to take a look at Round 2 of Hulu's Best in Show Tournament.

Comedy Hit
Modern Family vs. Community

In a lot of ways this match-up seems fitting since these two shows are the breakout freshman stars for ABC and NBC respectively. I'll be honest, I've only seem a handful of episodes from each show, but based on what I've seen Community takes the lead based on Abed's antics alone.

Workplace Comedy
Parks & Recreation vs. The Office

Of course the Workplace Comedy Regional comes down to two NBC Thursday Night Comedies since this subgenre has become the Peacock's comedic bread and butter. I was a little surprised to see P&R beat out fellow NBCer, 30 Rock, to reach the regional finals. What wasn't surprising was seeing The Office whoop up on Better Off Ted, which is a shame because Ted is a billion times better than The Office. I still don't understand the appeal of P&R, and The Office is a vet, so I'm picking Michael Scott and Company for the win.

Family Guy vs. The Simpsons

Just like workplace comedies are in NBC's wheelhouse, the same can be said about FOX and animated comedies, so it's no surprise that Peter Griffin and Homer Simpson are squaring off for the Animation Domination Crown (also all four shows come from FOX, so it was inevitable). Again, Family Guy vs. The Simpsons is fitting because the two shows have had a rivalry going on for some time now. I keep giving Family Guy the chance to prove to me that it's funny, but it always fails. The Simpsons is clearly past its prime, but it's still better than its Rhode Island opponent.

Detective Drama
Bones vs. Castle

Now this is the match up I've been waiting for because these are two of my all-time favorite shows, and since they're so much a like, they were destined to face off for the Cop + Outside Specialist Crime Procedural title. I've already pitted these two shows in my own TV Showdown, so I'm just going to go with my original pick, Castle.

Medical Drama
House vs. Royal Pains

House probably has the easiest road to the finals because it was up against the low-rated NBC drama, Mercy, and now it's taking on the USA upstart. House has proven that it has the legs for the long haul, and its win is as close to lock as you can get. I was expecting a classic House vs. Grey's showdown, but I'm a little glad a smaller show like Royal Pains received some love.

Burn Notice vs. Chuck

Burn Notice is keeping hope alive for Team USA, but it is going up against one of the most beloved cult shows that's graced our screens in the last couple of years. As a Chuck fan, I'm a little worried about this match up because I've heard nothing but good things about Burn Notice. In the end, I think Chuck's fanbase will help it win, but I have a feeling it's going to be a close race.

Fringe vs. Lost

It's Abrams vs. Abrams in the Sci-Fi Shootout, and again this match up seems fitting since Fringe could become the heir apparent to Lost (especially since it looks like both FlashForward and V are duds for ABC). My sentimental favorite is Fringe since it's been able to prove itself as the scrappy underdog amongst the big dogs of Thursday nights, but this is Lost's title to win.

Parenthood vs. Caprica

I've never seen either show, and I only watched a few episodes of Battlestar Galactica, so I really cannot make an informed decision. I will say that Parenthood is the type of show I tend to like, so it's my "gun to my head" pick.

Overall, I'm happy with the results of the BiS Tourney, and here's to more TV goodness.


Kristal said...

I definitely recommend Caprica. You don't have to know anything about BSG to enjoy it. It takes about 4 episodes to get in to it, but it's gotten really interesting in the last few weeks.

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